Anadarko Petroleum

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Anadarko Petroleum Corporation "is among the largest independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies in the world, with 2.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BBOE) of proved reserves at year-end 2007.

"Anadarko's portfolio of assets encompasses premier positions in 10 major U.S. onshore natural gas resource plays. The company also is the largest independent deepwater producer in the Gulf of Mexico, and has production and/or exploration in Alaska, Algeria, Brazil, Ghana, China, Indonesia and Mozambique." [1]

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On July 9, 2012, the Aurora City Council in Colorado voted to "lease" water to Houston-based Anadarko Petroleum, which will use the water for hydraulic fracturing. Anadarko will pay the city $9.5 million over five years for access to almost 2.5 billion gallons of the city's water.[2]

Referring to opponents as insurgents

In October 2011, Sharon Wilson of Earthworks attended and taped a hydraulic fracturing conference, "Working Together As An Industry To Leverage Mass Media, Social Media & Community Support To Overcome Public Concern Over Hydraulic Fracturing". The tapes can be accessed here.

The tapes received media attention because of their content. CNBC reported several gas drilling executives can be "heard encouraging military tactics to counter anti-drilling activists and control the message in Pennsylvania." On one segment, Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella said the company was actively deploying people trained in psy-ops for dealing with local opposition to fracking.[3]

Matt Carmichael, from Anadarko Petroleum, referred to drilling opponents as “insurgents” and recommended to those in attendance:[3]

"Download the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual, because we are dealing with an insurgency. There’s a lot of good lessons in there and coming from a military background, I found the insight in that extremely remarkable.”[3]

Executive Officers

Accessed January 2009: [4]


Accessed January 2009: [5]



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Overview, Anadarko Petroleum, accessed January 19, 2009.
  2. Patricia Calhoun, "Fracking: Aurora votes to 'lease' water to Anadarko Petroleum," Denver Westword, July 10, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Eamon Javers, "Oil Executive: Military-Style 'Psy Ops' Experience Applied," CNBC, Nov. 11, 2011.
  4. Executive Officers, Anadarko Petroleum, accessed January 19, 2009.
  5. Directors, Anadarko Petroleum, accessed January 19, 2009.